How Does Proctor Use Fear In The Crucible

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during the infamous Witch Trials of the 1690s. Everyone reacts differently to hysteria , some cower with fear, while others manipulate the hysteria for their benefit. Barely any knew of the deception occurring. The play follows John Proctor, a farmer with the ability to make “a fool [feel] his foolishness instantly,” as he discovers the truth of the trials (Miller 19). Miller uses Proctor’s personal experience to explain how sometimes fear can make a man ignorant, and that it is important to “bring men out of [that] ignorance” (111). Although Proctor is initially suspicious of the hysteria, he does not directly face it till his wife Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft and attempt

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